Valley nurse extends contract to help New York Hospital during pandemic

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MCALLEN, Texas – One of our own Valley nurses is serving on the front lines in New York, which is one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19.

“I had been debating whether I wanted to come help in New York. So I said God, I want you to give me a sign that you want me to do this,” said Valerie Rosas. 

It was a sign Rosas got from a patient while she was working at Mission Regional Medical Center.

“I never went to this floor that she was on so she goes I have a message for you and I asked what?,” recalled Rosas. “And she’s all like God said for you to go and take care of these people and my heart just dropped right there and I was all like OK.”

On that same day Rosas put in her resignation and immediately started looking for a position in New York.

“We’re getting called every five, ten minutes, somebody was being worked on every five, ten minutes so there were sick people coming all the time,” said Rosas. “The rooms were all packed, we transferred the patients upstairs, mostly all the floors became ICU floors, everybody is [on ventilators].”

May 6 marks a month of Rosas serving at Harlem Hospital and has decided to extend her contract until June 26.

“I miss my kids greatly, I do miss my kids, but at the same time I feel like these people need me so much like they really need me,” said Rosas. 

The registered nurse said the pandemic should not be taken lightly and encourages people to practice good hygiene and wear masks in public.

Before Rosas became a nurse, she was a medic and said she wanted to go to New York to help during 9/11 but couldn’t because her daughter was so young. So, she believes this pandemic was another calling.

Rosas will have to quarantine for two weeks once she returns to the Valley.

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